first_imgTORONTO – One of the world’s largest tobacco companies is rolling out a smokeless cigarette in Canada that it contends is less harmful than conventional combustible products, but some critics call the device merely a ploy to maintain — or even increase — market share in the face of dwindling smoking rates.Philip Morris International has developed a heat-not-burn product called IQOS, or I-Quit-Ordinary-Smoking, that the tobacco giant says retains a high level of nicotine while reducing carcinogenic components found in the smoke of regular cigarettes.PMI, along with its Canadian subsidiary Rothmans Benson & Hedges, says it is committed to a smoke-free future — one that eliminates the burning of cigarettes and helps Canada reach its goal of reducing the smoking rate to less than five per cent by 2035.“Basically if you eliminate the combustion and the smoke in a product that is still satisfying to adult smokers, that’s where we’ll probably see a true impact of reduction on public health,” PMI medical adviser Mikael Franzon said after travelling to Toronto this week from the U.S.The IQOS product is comprised of a heating blade that’s inserted into a cigarette-like stick called a HEETS, which contains ground tobacco. The blade heats the stick to about 350 degrees C., compared to the more than 800 degrees with a combustible cigarette, creating an aerosol instead of smoke.“Because it is actually heated and not burned, the tobacco rod is intact after you have used it and it lasts six minutes or 14 puffs, whatever comes first,” said Franzon, a smoking cessation expert who joined PMI about two years ago.“But it still gives you the same amount of nicotine as you find in conventional cigarettes,” he said, maintaining that testing by PMI scientists has shown there is a more than 90 per cent reduction in harmful components in the aerosol compared with smoke from regular cigarettes.But Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, suggested the company is only blowing smoke when it touts its heat-not-burn technology as a means of reducing Canadians’ tobacco use.“Philip Morris is engaging in double-speak, saying that they want to decrease cigarette sales yet at the same time opposing legislative measures that would reduce cigarette sales, such as plain packaging, a menthol ban and higher (tobacco) taxes,” said Cunningham.“When they say they want to stop selling cigarettes, it is nothing more than a public relations stunt to distract attention from the regulatory measures that would be effective at reducing cigarette sales, measures that they oppose … and to provide cover as they continue to aggressively sell and market cigarettes.”Given Big Tobacco’s long history of denying smoking’s link to cancer and other harmful health effects, Franzon said he understands there is skepticism about PMI’s intentions.“But I think also there is a new generation of people working in the tobacco industry, transforming it, and our main mission is to develop and deliver these smokeless products with the potential to reduce smoking-related risks,” he said.The company began selling IQOS in B.C. late last year and has since expanded availability to Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. The heating unit and holder costs about $125, with a pack of 160 HEETS retailing for about $90, Franzon said.The product is sold in 20 countries and PMI is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market IQOS in the U.S. In Canada, companies do not need to seek Health Canada approval to sell new products under the Tobacco Act.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott was not available for an interview Tuesday to comment on PMI’s assertion that its heat-not-burn cigarettes could help Canada reach its 2035 smoking rate target. The latest estimates from 2015 put that rate at 17 per cent of the population aged 12 and older, or roughly 4.5 million Canadians.While it’s too early to know the specific health effects related to heat-not-burn technology, Philpott said by email that “the harms of tobacco products are indisputable … New technologies such as vaping products present challenges and opportunities, as do emerging tobacco products reported by industry to be less harmful.”In fact, a study by independent Swiss researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May found IQOS vapour also released carcinogenic chemicals — some of them in much higher concentrations than conventional cigarettes, principal investigator Dr. Reto Auer of the University of Bern reported at the time.Franzon said PMI has sent a letter to JAMA criticizing the methodology used by the researchers to test its smokeless product against combustible cigarettes.David Hammond, an expert in tobacco policy at the University of Waterloo, said PMI and other tobacco companies have been making claims about minimizing health risks for decades, going back to the 1950s when filtered cigarettes were introduced.“If they think combustible cigarettes are killing people and they would rather not sell them, then I would ask them why they continue to sell them?” he said.Still, Hammond agreed that any nicotine product that doesn’t involve smoke inhalation “is almost certainly going to be less harmful than regular smoked cigarettes. That includes e-cigarettes and it probably includes these products.”But that doesn’t mean they carry no risk, he said.“To be clear, smokeless tobacco is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but that does not mean that it’s safe. We definitely know that there’s some serious harms.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgDelaney WindigoAPTN National NewsThe fight to clean up Grassy Narrows’ poisoned river is gaining support.On Thursday, people standing in solidarity with the community delivered a petition to Ontario’s legislature.last_img

By Amira El MasaitiRabat – Noé Elmaleh, the eldest son of the French-Moroccan comedian, Gad Elmaleh, and French actress, Anne Brochet, joins the long list of celebrities’ children who have made their way into modeling.The 16-year-old made his first professional modeling debut on February 13 at  New York Fashion Week. Elmaleh walked the podium for the French brand, Zadig & Voltaire. “Thank you Zadig & Voltaire for making my first show amazing,” Gad Elmaleh’s son posted on Instagram alongside his picture in the show.Among the other models who walked for the brand, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, was the half Palestinian model, Bella Hadid, and her younger brother, Anwar Hadid.Noé Elmaleh could also make his way into the world of humor. He has already tried it through skits made with a friend and shared on Instagram. While in the process of following the footsteps of his father, the young man seems to have a well-traced path in fashion. read more

A worldwide campaign to increase the number of volunteers who regularly donate safe blood will be launched next month in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.”Any shortage of blood has a particular impact on children with severe life-threatening anaemia caused by malaria and malnutrition, trauma victims and women with complications of pregnancy. Unsafe blood can transmit HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, Chagas disease and malaria,” WHO said.South Africa’s national blood service has achieved 100 per cent voluntary blood donation, with a very low rate of HIV infection among its donors, WHO noted. On a day of entertainment there and around the world, South Africans will salute young regular blood donors called Club 25.World Blood Day events on 14 June are being planned by local organizations, with the collaboration of WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. read more

The situation in Sudan’s western Darfur region has deteriorated severely over the past six months, the top United Nations refugee official told the UN Security Council today, warning of calamity there and in other parts of the country unless bold measures are taken soon.“Today, violence and impunity – never completely in check – are again everyday occurrences in Darfur. Humanitarian workers are regularly cut off from the displaced and those they are trying to help,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said in his address to the 15-member body.He said the violence was spilling over the border into Chad, where the UNHCR cares for many of the 200,000 Sudanese refugees, and appealed to the Council to pressure all the parties in Darfur to agree on a peace deal, a necessary precondition for reconciliation there.In Southern Sudan, where a peace agreement was signed a year ago, he said the situation remains fragile as tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people start returning to a region without infrastructure.“Massive economic and political support to the transition is necessary now – not when everything is in place and all the rules of conditionality are met. By then it could be too late,” he warned.Mr. Guterres told the Security Council that he also believed the situation in Eastern Sudan, which has been largely out of the spotlight, was deteriorating steadily due partly to migration away from troubles in neighboring Ethiopia and Eritrea.In summing up the Sudan situation in regard to refugees, he said that, during the aftermath of crises – the period when refugees return home – the lack of a smooth transition from relief to development “ranks as one of the international community’s most consistent failures.”For that reason, he applauded the General Assembly’s recent decision to create a Peacebuilding Commission, which was supported by both Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 2005 World Summit, and which would coordinate the development of countries emerging from conflict. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt White Paper on sugar: A political prop to disguise the “too big to fail” lies- RamsammyMay 11, 2017In “Opinion”LETTER: Sugar industry ‘stewardship’ very questionableJuly 28, 2017In “latest news”After protesting 75% wage reduction Albion Estate workers say they are now joblessOctober 4, 2018In “Business” …in sugarThose who thought your Eyewitness might’ve been a bit over the top when he predicted the remaining three sugar estates will end up being shuttered, should consider the report that they fell short of achieving even their modest first crop target of 36,000 tonnes. And this, in the face of Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt being adjudged as the best in the industry and capable of bringing down the cost of production that had skyrocketed to over US$.40/lb when world market prices were hovering around US$.12/lb.That Albion, always the most efficient estate, took another week’s production and still couldn’t reach its target, is an ominous sign. Similarly, Blairmont’s failing to meet its modest target after an extra THREE weeks! What this means is the cost of the sugar produced is even HIGHER than the old, unacceptable costs. The rump sugar industry is fast going backwards – and approaching the abyss of no return. No end to subsidies!We once hear that absenteeism of cane cutters (imagine the powers-that-be thinking that calling them “cane harvesters”, would motivate them!!) contributed to the shortfall. So why is this news?? Absenteeism in ALL the estates has been endemic for the past decade: exactly what was done to bring them back in the fields?? Closing the other estates?? If the Wales cane cutters refused to move to Uitvlugt to work, why would, say, Rose Hall workers go to Blairmont or Skeldon to Albion??The unilateral closure of the four estates by the PNC Government signalled to the workers on the remaining estates they were expendable…and therefore it’s not surprisingly they would’ve begun hedging their bets. The workers at the bottom of the work-chain frankly don’t give a damn that GuySuCo still doesn’t have a Board. But the managers and field superintendents would be affected since they’re virtually on their own.Even in the best of times recently, the latter group were conspicuous by their absence from the fields – and with no one looking over their shoulder, it’s hooky time, baby!! Slavery and then indentured labour were introduced because sugar production demands labour be absolutely guaranteed during the harvesting season. Since your Eyewitness doesn’t think world opinion would approve us returning to those days, then it’s up to the powers-that-be at GuySuCo, to introduce INCENTIVES to get cane-cutters to come out.And this is what this government isn’t prepared to do – even though the Desmond Hoyte administration in 1990 showed what wonders could be achieved by sweetening the pot. Nope! This government will say, sugar isn’t viable; close down the remaining estates, and then sell them off with the others for a song.Of course, that’ll be AFTER the vigorish is passed under the table!!…on child labourYour Eyewitness notes a host of full-page ads by the Government trumpeting “World Day against Child Labour”. This is so hypocritical!! How can this PNC Government fire 7000 rural, agricultural workers – with no alternative employment in sight – and expect their families to survive without their children having to “labour”?? Does this PNC Government understand the nature of our rural economy? Even in the best of times, children of sugar workers have to perform all sorts of part-time labour in order for food to get on their table. Fishing, vegetable gardens, rearing chickens and sheep/goats, etc, is not child’s play – but in the rural areas, it’s certainly child’s work!!But since Guyana has now graduated to a cash economy – light bills, phone bills etc – those “chores” of the rural children in the sugar belt will now be formalised as they’re forced to take paying jobs – full time or part time – in whatever openings there might be in local workshops etc.But so what? Vengeance is mine, says the PNC!!…on catfish/gilbakaThe PNC Government had since 2016 to address concerns by the US Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) on our export of catfish to the US. They still haven’t done so!So what? Their constituency isn’t affected!! read more

15Maygar BM. Antequera12 1FC Barcelona Intersport54 ASOBALASOBAL decisionBlaugranaBM Atletico MadridF.C Barcelona 10AMAYA Sport San Antonio22 7Torrevieja26 14Huesca16 8Naturhouse La Rioja24 6Ciudad Encantada27 5Caja3 BM32 9Fraikin BM Granollers23 12Quabit BM Guadalajara18 Last weekend both TOP Spanish teams, Atletico Madrid and F.C Barcelona celebrated wins in Round 27 of ASOBAL. Madrid wins over Aragon 35:31, while Barca beats Granollers 35:23. Next Saturday will be decisive in the battle for ASOBAL title, when in “Blaugrana” will come team of Talant Duyshebaev (20.15).35 – Atlético: Hombrados; Abalo (6), Lazarov (7, 1p), Cañellas (2, 1p), Alberto Entrerríos (2), Davis (2) y Aginagalde (5) -equipo inicial- Sterbik (ps), Edu Fernández (3), Kallman (3), Guardiola (1), Markussen (4), Chema Rodríguez (-) y Dinart (-) 31 – Caja3 Aragón: Pablo Hernández; Cartón (7, 5p), Humet (-), Val (-), Ruiz Casanova (2), Lozano (4) y Sorli (2) -equipo inicial- Malumbres (ps), Maqueda (6), Grebenar (3), Vigo (-), Molina (1), Javi García (5) y Postigo (1p).Barca has 100% score, while Atletico only lost in “Vistalegre” against team of Xavi Pascual.LEAGUE TABLE: ← Previous Story Krim Mercator surprised by Zagorje Next Story → GWD Minden and TUSEM Essen are back to Toyota Handball Bundesliga! 13Academia Octavio17 4Cuatro Rayas BM Valladolid37 16Alser Puerto Sagunto9 3Reale Ademar León41 2BM. Atlético52 11Helvetia Anaitasuna20 read more

atletico madridchema rodriguezCiudad RealMKB Veszpremortegarodriguezveszprem ← Previous Story Alen Blazevic two years in Pick Szeged! Next Story → Veszprem sign Iranian Jamali on a four-year contract They signed Ugalde, but they didn’t stop here. MKB Veszprem and their Spanish coach Ortega are determined to make a squad able to parry all the top teams in next years Champions League, and now the new signing is Chema Rodriguez (32). After spending 5 years with Ciudad Real/Atletico Madrid, the Palencia-born player decided that it’s time to accept a new challenge in his career. He signed a three-year contract with Veszprem, which will see him stay there until 2015. He also played for Valladolid, from 1999 to 2007, and the national team of Spain scoring 141 goals in 91 games. read more

first_imgTalk lately surrounding digital music sales has focused on when the big players are going to introduce a cloud-based service for backups, syncing, and media streaming.Google is thought to be in the final stages of testing a digital music cloud service internally, but music publishers are thought to be holding them up because they just don’t know how to deal with and license music sold and offered through an access-anywhere online hub.iTunes, currently the dominant digital music store, has also yet to introduce some form of online music service. But The Music Void believes it may arrive next month as part of a MobileMe relaunch.At the moment MobileMe consists of a bunch of features allowing you to keep your mail, contacts, and calendar information in the cloud and synced across your devices. It costs $99 per year for a single user, or $149 for a Family Pack. Come April it is thought Apple will update the service to include a new feature called Music Locker. It will cost an extra $20 per year for the individual user and allow any music purchased through iTunes to be stored and synced in the cloud through MobileMe. That also means the potential for streamed music to your mobile devices. The Family Pack currently offers 20GB of combined storage for e-mail and files, so we may also see a combined music storage facility, but costing more than the $20 individual subscribers pay.The one aspect of Music Locker that could stall its introduction is music licensing once again. It is thought Warner has already signed a deal to allow it to be introduced, and therefore Apple is using this to push the other music publishers to get on board. Unless all sign up it would be a bit of a nightmare to launch as the Music Locker could only be used for some of the music on iTunes.With it being the final week of March we don’t have long to wait to see if Apple has managed to get everyone on board for an April release. If it can, it will be a very welcome new feature that could help iTunes reaffirm itself as THE online digital music provider.Read more at The Music Void, via 9to5 Maclast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram City of Perth councillor Eleni Evangel has her sights set on the state seat of Perth and is making this with her campaign launch this Sunday at the Perth Soccer Club.As a long-standing member of the Liberal Party, Ms Evangel was asked by the party to win the state seat at the next election. “I love the work that Colin Barnett is doing with his team. But as a leader he’s just excelling, he’s a man of action.,” she told Perth Now earlier this year. Ms Evangel was elected to the City of Perth in 2005, and says “the fact that [she has] actually been on council for the past six years has provided a wonderful plethora of experiences for [her] and it’s allowed [her] to directly connect with [her] constituents”.last_img read more

first_imgLe prototype du successeur d’Atlantis détruit en volLe 24 août dernier, le premier prototype du vaisseau spatial New Shepard, commandé par la Nasa à la firme américaine Blue Origin a explosé en vol à la suite d’un dysfonctionnement technique. Il avait été conçu pour succéder à la navette Atlantis pour desservir la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).    Mauvaise surprise, il y a deux semaines, pour les ingénieurs de la société texane Blue Origin, l’une des 4 entreprises que la Nasa a mises en concurrence pour concevoir et construire une nouvelle navette spatiale. Quelques mois après des tests pourtant encourageants, New Shepard, leur prototype de vaisseau spatial s’est automatiquement détruit lors d’un vol d’essai à Mach 1,2 à une altitude de 13.700 mètres, à la suite d’un problème sur un des propulseurs, précise un communiqué (lien non disponible) sur le site de Blue Origin. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’engin avait été conçu pour permettre à l’agence spatiale américaine – actuellement tributaire des navettes russes Soyouz – d’envoyer (et de ramener) ses astronautes vers la station spatiale internationale (ISS), et peut-être pour effectuer de futurs voyages touristiques dans l’espace. Mais heureusement, le New Shepard, vaisseau à décollage et atterrissage vertical, a fort heureusement un frère jumeau : un second prototype, qui pourra permettre à Blue Origin (fondée par le créateur du site web amazon) de rester dans la compétition face à ses trois concurrents, SpaceX avec son Dragon, Boeing avec son CST-100, et Sierra Nevada.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 18:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNon-profit GBC Italia and European tradeshow organizer Veronafiere will assist in the organization and launch of the new Greenbuild extension dedicated to green building education. The event will feature extensive educational programming and large expo hall.“With its rich history in architecture and building design, this area is of the world is naturally focused on sustainable buildings,” contends Mario Zoccatelli, president of GBC Italia, in a statement. “Greenbuild will serve as a mechanism to promote LEED and other green building tools across the continent.” Hanley Wood, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Green Building Council Italia (GBC Italia) and the Verona Trade Fair Company (Veronafiere) announced a new strategic partnership at the annual Greenbuild Conference’s International Summit that will oversee the launch of Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region in Oct. 2014 in Verona, Italy.“Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region is part of the global expansion of the successful Greenbuild Conference & Expo brand,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC, in a release. Hanley Wood acquired the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in May 2013 from the USGBC in a deal that kept both parties involved. The former manages the exhibition side while the latter produces the conference programming.See Also: Hanley Wood Acquires Conference and Expo from U.S. Green Building Council“This new experience will serve as a platform for green building knowledge and shared expertise across continents, while scaling the breadth and reach of global market transformation,” contends Fedrizzi.last_img read more

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin wants the ability to cut off non-Russian internet traffic. Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly signed a law to create a separate internet for security reasons.On Wednesday, Putin signed a law that would start development of Russian’s own internet, according to CNN. Government documents explaining the law reportedly say Russia will develop a “sustainable, secure and fully functioning” internet. The law will also create a monitoring and management service controlled by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, also known as Roskomnadzor. When needed, the agency will reportedly be able to cut off non-Russian traffic to make the internet completely insulated from foreign entities. As of now, this separate internet is only a concept, and it may take time before it becomes a reality.Earlier this year, Russia planned tests to unplug itself from the internet to see if it could fend off a cyberattack. That had some critics speaking of an “online iron curtain” and led to protests in Moscow by citizens demanding their online freedom.A representative for the Russian Embassy said the law wouldn’t create an independent internet, but rather would provide “a stable operation of the Russian internet (Runet) in case it is disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web.”Originally published May 2, 9:39 a.m. PT.Update, 11:52 a.m.: Adds comment from Russian Embassy.  Share your voice 2 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo See at Turo Best Buy Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See it Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Internet,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $520 at HP Comments TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Comments $999 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $299 at Amazon $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazon See It $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Boost Mobile See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Apple iPhone XS See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.last_img read more

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigation against 18 hajj agencies for irregularities in hajj management.Deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed this to Prothom Alo.Pranab said allegations have been raised against 18 hajj agencies.ACC deputy director Zulfiqar Ali has been assigned to investigate the allegations with director general Mohammad Munir Chowdhury supervising the investigation.Religious affairs ministry joint secretary Hafizur Rahman told the journalists that the allegations were raised against 18 hajj agencies as 98 pilgrims could not go to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj despite receiving visas.A general diary has been filed with the airport police station in this regard, he added.Meanwhile, the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry has recommended canceling licenses and imposing fine on those involved in the irregularities of hajj management. The committee at a meeting on Tuesday made these recommendations.last_img read more

first_imgAn 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world’s oldest person to summit Mount Everest died at base camp on Saturday.Min Bahadur Sherchan was on a bid to reclaim a title that he lost to Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura in 2013.“He passed away at the base camp today at 5:14pm,” Gyanendra Shrestha, an official with the tourism ministry who is at the 5,380 metres (17,600 feet) camp, told AFP.The former soldier became the world’s oldest climber to summit Everest in 2008 when he was 76, but he lost the record five years later when Miura summited the 8,848-metre peak at the age of 80.Speaking to AFP this year before returning to Everest, the slightly hard of hearing grandfather said he just wanted to prove to himself that he could still make it to the top of the world.“My aim is not to break anybody’s record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record,” Sherchan told AFP from Kathmandu in February.Sherchan’s death is the second fatality of the spring climbing season on Everest, which runs from late April to the end of May.Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck died last month when he fell from a steep ridge during an acclimatisation climb.Nearly 750 people will be attempting to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak during the narrow window of good weather that usually falls in mid-May.Hundreds of climbers have been on Everest for weeks to acclimatise before making a bid for the top.This year is particularly crowded as it is the last chance for climbers who were forced off the mountain by the devastating 2015 earthquake to use their extended permits. This has rasied concerns about dangerous traffic jams on the mountain.Mountaineering is a major revenue earner for impoverished Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.last_img read more

first_imgOikya Front announces maiden programmeNewly formed opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front will start its programmes by holding a grand rally in Sylhet city on 23 Oct to mobilise public support in favour of its 7-point demand for holding a credible election, reports UNB.Oikya front leader and JSD president ASM Abdur Rob announced the programme after the first meeting of the alliance at his Uttara residence.He said they will go to Sylhet on 23 October and offer fatheha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R), and then hold a grand rally in the city.After Sylhet, Rob said, they will gradually hold public rallies in all other divisional cities, including Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khjulna and Rangpur.On 13 October, BNP together with Dr Kama-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikya Front.Rob said the Oikya Front leaders at their maiden meeting took two decisions–forming a liaison committee involving the alliance leaders and holding grand rallies.The JSD leader sought cooperation of the government and the administration to peacefully hold their programmes ahead of the national election.He said the Front leaders will hold another meeting on Wednesday, and then announce the names of the liaison committee members.The meeting began around 12:15pm and continued for around two-and-a-half hours.At one stage of the meeting, former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein attended it.Apart from Rob and Hosein, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, and former vice president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed were present at the meeting.last_img read more

first_img Share Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe first presidential debate was a tense affair between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as they clashed over their economic and trade plans, national security and race relations in the U.S.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The Republican nominee came out aggressively against Clinton, often interrupting her and talking over her, but the Democratic nominee didn’t pull her punches either and had plenty of zingers ready. And as the night wore on, Trump appeared repeatedly rattled as he was pressed on his past support for the birther movement and controversial comments about women.Moderator Lester Holt of NBC News mostly stayed out of the fray, letting the two candidates go at each other, but he did press Trump on his questions back in 2011 as to whether President Obama was born in the U.S. Earlier this month Trump said he did believe the president was born in Hawaii, but he again falsely claimed that Clinton’s campaign had started the rumor and he said he was proud of the push he led.“She failed to get the birth certificate. When I got involved, I didn’t fail,” Trump boasted.Trump was also pressed on past comments he has made about women, including suggesting that Clinton — the first major party female presidential nominee — didn’t have a “presidential look.”The Republican nominee doubled down on that assertion, repeatedly saying she didn’t have the “stamina” required to be commander-in-chief.“I don’t believe she does have the stamina to be president of this country,” Trump said. “You need tremendous stamina.”“Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire release of dissidents, and opening of new opportunities and nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton retorted.But it was Clinton who repeatedly rattled Trump as the night wore on. Trump had criticized her for taking several days away from the campaign trail to prepare for the debate, but Clinton’s preparation seemed to pay off.“And you know what else I prepared for? Prepared to be president and I think that’s a good thing,” Clinton responded.Clinton also criticized Trump for past comments about women, including calling “women pigs, slobs and dogs, as of one who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men.”“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman Miss Piggy. That he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina. Donald she has a name,” Clinton said. “Her name is Alicia Machado and she has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet she’s going to vote this November.”The often volatile Trump claimed earlier in the debate that, “I think my strongest asset may be by far is my temperament. I have a winning temperament.”“Whew. OK,” Clinton said, laughing, with a wide grin on her face.She criticized Trump for many of his business practices, and he didn’t shy away from admitting he made decisions that would benefit himself and his companies.“Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis,” Clinton noted. “He said, back in 2006, gee, I hope it does collapse because then I can go in and buy some and make some money. Well, it did collapse.”“That’s called business, by the way,” was Trump’s defense.Over Trump’s refusal to release his taxes — something every other modern presidential nominee has done — he again said it was because he was under audit. But Clinton suggested that was because they might show he didn’t pay any federal taxes — as previous returns that Trump had to turn over to obtain a casino license showed.“That makes me smart,” Trump retorted, and later added that his taxes might “be squandered too,” seemingly admitting that he hasn’t paid federal income taxes.Trump said he would “release my tax returns, against my lawyers’ wishes,” if Clinton released emails she had deleted from her controversial State Department private server.On how they would fight ISIS and the threat of terrorism, Trump criticized Clinton for outlining her plan on her website, saying it tips a hand to the enemy. He has said he won’t detail his plan because of such concerns.“She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think Gen. Douglas MacArthur would like that too much,” he jabbed.“No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life,” Trump said — a puzzling statement since the terrorist group only rose up in the past few years.Trump also again claimed he “did not support the war in Iraq” — something that’s been repeatedly proved untrue — and said any assertion otherwise was simply “mainstream media nonsense.”The two also disagreed on race relations in the country. Asked by Holt whether she thought police had an “implicit bias” against African-Americans, Clinton responded that was a problem for everyone, not just law enforcement, and that she would commit federal money to retrain police officers.“I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other,” she said.Trump, meanwhile, said Clinton refused to call for “law and order,” and he defended controversial stop-and-frisk policies that have since been ended in New York City. He blamed abandoning that policy for a rise in violence. A New York Police Department spokesman tweeted that statistic was incorrect.Trump did have a strong moment early on when he criticized Clinton for initially supporting trade deals — something he said she flipped on only after he came out against them.“Your husband signed NAFTA, which was one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry. You go to New England, you go to Ohio, Pennsylvania, you go anywhere you want, Secretary Clinton, and you will see devastation where manufacturing is down 30, 40, sometimes 50 percent,” Trump said. “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country, and now you want to approve the Trans- Pacific Partnership.”“That is just not accurate,” Clinton shot back. “I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts.”Trump claimed she “had no plan” but Clinton pointed out her campaign has put out a lengthy book detailing her plans on trade and other issues.“I wrote a book about it,” Clinton said. “You can pick it up tomorrow at a bookstore, or an airport near you.”She slammed Trump’s plan to cut taxes on the wealthier versus hers that would cut taxes for the middle class as “Trumped up trickle-down economics” while the GOP nominee argued he would bring back jobs and companies that have moved overseas.Trump worked to paint Clinton as a career politician and argued that if she hadn’t helped to create jobs and stimulate the economy yet, she wouldn’t in the future.“Hillary, let me ask you this — you’ve been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it. And now you’re just starting to think of solutions,” Trump said.“I’m going to cut taxes big-league, she wanted to raise taxes big-league, end of story,” he later argued, using one of his favorite phrases at his campaign rallies.“I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened,” Clinton said at one point.“Why not?” Trump shot back.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_img As Butts notes, there are many examples of people harboring beliefs that fly in the face of logic—people believing that humans sprang into existence just 10,000 years ago, for example, or groups of people adamantly insisting that inoculating infants causes autism despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Such beliefs, the researchers say, can be based on other beliefs that prevent the acceptance of that which may seem obvious. Believing that we humans, for example, are too insignificant compared to the rest of the world to be able to cause something as impressive as global warming would make it very difficult to accept the idea regardless of the evidence. To make sense of such belief systems by groups of people, the researchers have extended prior work that led to the development of the Friedkin-Johnson model used to illustrate how individual people use information under complex circumstances to make decisions that can result in the formation of beliefs.The new model adds interpersonal influences where acceptance of one idea influences the acceptance of another—the result is a weighted network that allows for highlighting interdependent beliefs. Butts suggests that the new model and others that may follow could be used to identify the factors that prevent groups from accepting what others see as common knowledge and then to use that information as a means to allow them to see what is actually true. Citation: Model helps explore how changing certainty in belief of one statement can lead to changings belief in truth of others (2016, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-explore-certainty-belief-statement-truth.html Journal information: Science A small team of researchers with members from the U.S., the Netherlands, Russia and Italy has developed a new model that illuminates how changing the degree of certainty a person holds for a given belief can lead to changes in beliefs about other things that a person believes to be true. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team outlines their model and offers some possible ways it might be used. Carter Butts with the University of California offers a Perspective piece on the model developed by the team and suggests that it could be used to model attitudes as well as beliefs in empirical propositions. Credit: Francisco Farias Jr/public domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Believing in free will makes you feel more like your true self More information: “Why I know but don’t believe,” Science 21 Oct 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 286-287. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1817 N. E. Friedkin et al. Network science on belief system dynamics under logic constraints, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aag2624 © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgResearchers at the University at Buffalo have found that 3D printers have fingerprints, essentially slight differences in design that can be used to identify prints. This means investigators can examine the layers of a 3D printed object and pinpoint exactly which machine produced the parts.“3D printing has many wonderful uses, but it’s also a counterfeiter’s dream. Even more concerning, it has the potential to make firearms more readily available to people who are not allowed to possess them,” said Wenyao Xu, lead author of the study.The researchers found that tiny wrinkles in each layer of plastic can be used to identify a “printer’s model type, filament, nozzle size and other factors cause slight imperfections in the patterns.” They call their technology PrinTracker.“Like a fingerprint to a person, these patterns are unique and repeatable. As a result, they can be traced back to the 3D printer,” wrote the researchers.This process works primarily with FDM printers like the Makerbot which use long spools of filament to deposit layers of plastic onto a build plate. Because the printers used in 3D printed guns are usually more complex and more expensive there could be less variation in the individual layers and, more importantly, the layers might be harder to discern. However, for some simpler plastic parts could exhibit variations.“3D printers are built to be the same. But there are slight variations in their hardware created during the manufacturing process that lead to unique, inevitable and unchangeable patterns in every object they print,” said Xu.last_img read more